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January 20 2006: Ozzie Guillen Becomes U.S. Citizen
14 Dec. 2005: deal for Vazquez
14 Dec. 2005: White sox aquire Rob Mackowiak
30 November 2005: White sox agree to terms on 5 year contract with Paul Konerko
 
















1/20/06: Ozzie Gullien become U.S. Citizen-

Becoming a U.S. citizen was no laughing matter for Guillen, though. He has been part of the United States for the past 26 years and part of the Chicago landscape for 15, but he didn't have the paperwork. His respect for the United States was always evident in more than just his words, as one of Guillen's few team rules was to be in front of the dugout and on time for the national anthem before every game.

Each member of the Guillen family was presented with a framed certificate marking their new citizenship. Ozzie also was given a symbolic Statue of Liberty by Jerry Heinauer, acting district director, Chicago District, for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Guillen quickly joked that he never had a chance to visit the Statue, despite his numerous trips to New York.

Oney admitted that his dad was a little nervous before Friday's citizenship test and added that his family stayed up until 1 a.m. the night before studying for the exam and celebrating his father's birthday. He mentioned how the White Sox trip to the White House, tentatively scheduled for the second week of February, will be a little more special with Guillen now having his citizenship.

"This was my dream. But the only difference between Ozzie now and two hours ago is that I have another passport and I belong to the country I should have belonged to before."

12/14/05 Vazquez deal is confirmed
 
The trade for Javier Vazquez, which was confirmed by a Major League source on Wednesday, might not be Williams' last maneuver of the offseason. Vazquez, 29, who had requested a trade from Arizona in order to be closer to his family in Puerto Rico, was acquired from the Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed starter Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, right-handed reliever Luis Vizcaino and top outfield prospect Chris Young. WSCR Radio in Chicago also is reporting the Diamondbacks added $5 million to offset the $24 million owed to Vazquez in the next two seasons.
 
This trade now brings the total to six players on the active roster for the World Series sweep of the Astros in October who no longer are with the White Sox. Nobody in the organization seems to be complaining about Williams' aggressive ways.
Vazquez's impending addition gives the White Sox six quality starters on their staff, but at least two sources close to the situation expect all six to start Spring Training with the team in Tucson. Jon Garland currently is arbitration eligible and reportedly turned down a three-year offer from the White Sox, leaving him to test the free agent waters after the 2006 season.

12/14/05 White Sox aquire Rob Mackowiak
 
The Chicago White Sox have acquired infielder Rob Mackowiak from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for left-handed pitcher Damaso Marte.
Mackowiak, 29, hit a career-best .272 (126-463) with nine home runs and 58 RBI in 142 games with the Pirates in 2005. The left-handed hitter made 50 starts at third base, 31 in center field, 17 at second base, 13 in right field and one at first base.
 
A native of Oak Lawn, Ill., the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Mackowiak established career highs in home runs (17), RBI (75) and games played (155) with Pittsburgh in 2004. In five major-league seasons, he is a.258 (445-1,727) hitter with 52 home runs and 221 RBI in 593 games, all with the Pirates.